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and unintentional injuries, diabetes and chronic disease, adolescent pregnancy disability, lung diseases, many of these things, the healthcare system has only a small impact on those things. >> bill: peter and i were talking about this yesterday doctor. so when you hear people say, as we do all the time, we have the best healthcare system in the world. >> yeah, well, unfortunately that's not entirely accurate. in many aspects our healthcare system does perform well, for example, in the u.s., blood pressure control rates are better than in other high-income countries. cholesterol control. >> bill: at least we win in some categories. >> we do. survival for cancer is better in the u.s. than in other countries. >> bill: is it? >> however, there are also deficiencies with the health system certainly the lack of coverage uninsurance is a major problem. there are other -- we don't emphasize primary healthcare and public health as much -- >> bill: or prevention. >> or prevention, exactly, as much as other countries do. the system is quite fragmented which also may contribute to deficiencies in quality
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